MOYER Harry B. “Hy”
Moyer was born in 1884 in Beamsville Ontario but appears to have had family connections in the Pittsburg area U.S.A.
He first worked for the Pittsburg Despatch. In 1908 he began working for the Toronto Star. He did political cartoons at this time and was working at the Star during the 1911 election. In 1915 presumably still working for the Star, he wrote an essay about the trials and tribulation of a newspaper artist for The Canadian Magazine. If the article reflects Moyer’s actual experiences then we can conclude that he was a versatile newspaper artist. Furthermore he was a fluid writer with a wry sense of humour.
He then moved to King Features Syndicate in New York City. In the late 1920’s, he returned to Toronto and joined the staff of the Evening Telegram where he developed a large following for his sports cartoons. He also created the humorous cartoon strip “Nothing But The Truth” which appeared in the Toronto Evening Telegram sometime in 1928 and was still appearing as of December 30, 1936.
During World War 2 he moved to the Globe and Mail and worked as a cartographer. He also became a regular contributor to Bell Features graphic magazines. His former newspaper strip “Nothing But The Truth” appeared in both Active Comics and Joke Comics. These were probably reprints of his newspaper strip. However, his “Izzy Brite”, “Canadian Capers”, Dibs & Dabs” all appear to have been original to the Bell periodicals. “Happy Daze” in the black and white Active Comics became “Java Bean” in the colour Super Duper Comics. This feature reveals that Moyer held the typical prejudices and stereotypes prevalent in his day, which have dated the feature and would make it unacceptable for publication today.
He was working for the Hamilton Spectator when he died in head on car crash at Grand Island in New York state on 9 October 1950. His wife and daughters were critically injured. They appear to have been returning to their home in Toronto after spending Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.
PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
Panels page humorous:
“Canadian Capers.” Active Comics, 23, no date: 8-9. Bell Features. Black & white.
|“Dibs & Dabs.” Active Comics, … no date: … Bell Features. Black & white.|
|26: 40-41.||28: 8.|
|“Nothing But The Truth.” Active Comics, … no date: … Bell Features. Black & white.|
|25: 26.||26: 29.||28: 9.|
|“Nothing But The Truth.” Joke Comics, … no date: … Bell Features. Black & white.|
|23: inside front cover.||23: 24-25.|
“Rummy Rimes.” Car., unidentified but probably Hy Moyer. Active Comics, 26, no date: Inside front cover. Bell Features. Black & white.
Serial graphic humorous:
|“Izzy Brite.” Active Comics, …,no date. …. Bell Features. Black & white.|
|23: Back cover.||24: 26-27.||25: Inside front cover.||26: 48-49.||27: 16-17.|
“Happy Daze.” Active Comics, 27, no date: 23-27. Bell Features. Black & white. (“Happy Daze.” Became “Java Bean.” In Super Duper Comics.)
“Java Bean.” Super Duper Comics 3, May 1947. F. E. Howard Publications. Colour.
Half page of unidentified panel cartoons probably by Hy Moyer. Active Comics, 29, no date: Inside front cover. Bell Features. Black & white.
PERIODICAL TEXT & GRAPHIC:
|Goblin, (See GOBLIN MAGAZINE)|
|IV-9. March 1924: 6,||V-1, July 1924: 8 (full page), 22.
V-11, June 1925: 6, 10, 23.
“On Canadians On! Words & Music, Pauline Hahn. Publisher, Paulin Hahn. 1917.
PERIODICAL TEXT ANTHOLOGY:
“Art and the Newspaper.” The Canadian Magazine. Dec. 1915: 100-106.
The Hecklers. Writ. & Ed.., Peter Desbarats & Terry Mosher. McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 1979: 246.
“The Cartoonmen of Canada.” Writ., John Edgecumbe Staley. Maclean’s Magazine, Mar. 1914: 45,48.
“Hy Moyer Killed; Wife, Daughters Injured in Crash.” Globe & Mail, 10 Oct. 1950:1.
“Harry B. Moyer Dies In U.S. Auto Crash.” Toronto Star, 10 Oct. 1950: 10.
Active Comics, 25, Inside front cover.